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OUR BELATED 35th RALLY FINALLY TOOK PLACE AT THE END OF AUGUST 2021
SEE REPORTS BELOW
"I just wanted to say what a great weekend Diana and I had at your rally.
The entertainment was very good and we were able to dance the night away in good company."
Robert & Diana Baker (West Surrey)
SALE ENDS TOMORROW
"Thank you Mike and team for a lovely rally. We really enjoyed it and appreciate all the work you all put into it. We had to rush off this morning as our caravan battery was flat and we needed to charge it up on the car battery. Thanks again."
John and June Best.
"Just got home after a great weekend. Thank you to you and all the other committee members and volunteers who helped put all this on."
Paula and Bob Boatman x
35th + 1 Anniversary Celebration Rally Ringwood
"It's going to be bigger and better than any show you've seen before! Don't miss it or you'll regret it' was Mike's message to us all over this past couple of years. A bold statement that lived up to all expectation.
Mike Tuck and Pete Jenkins had been planning this event for a very long time and with their designated work teams all had been prepared for our arrival. No water supply? No problem, we run one in from a point in the adjacent field. Ingenuity, the watchword of East Dorset. Elsan tanks ready, skip on site and the field all pegged out. Signage to the nth degree ensured 95% arrived on site without problem. Military precision ensured a constant flow of units to minimise any disruption to the flow of local traffic through the narrow roads. The stage and event marquee were ready to accept the punters with chairs provided and socially distanced to minimise the ever present risk from Covid.
Friday afternoon and the non-stop entertainment began to roll. A flight display from the Ringwood birds of prey and owl sanctuary left us all with a far greater knowledge of these fascinating creatures. For those that preferred their birds with feet on the ground there was a very energetic display of Zumba with many taking part to the approving looks from their partners who had not seen such gyrations for many a year.
Many had "Tucky's" for tea to avoid the onerous task of cooking. "Our Graeme" as Cilla used to say was on duty throughout the celebrations to tantalise the taste buds and preserve our gas which seems to be very much in short supply at present. A great evening of entertainment followed with Joe Jones singing the hits from over the decades. He is a very talented and terrific singer who had performed with the Beatles and David Bowie in their heyday. He was kept well over his time as we all clapped for more.
Saturday and the celebrations were officially opened by our resident hosts "The Symbolics" aka Paul and Mike. Paul was quite happy as Sym but Mike wasn't so chuffed with his monocle. It was bizarre to see Elvis and an elf stood before us. Mike was dwarfed (or should that be elfed) by Paul towering over him. Their quick-fire repartee and nonsensical sketches were hilarious and almost a reincarnation of the old favourites, Morcambe and Wise. The Mayor of Ringwood and his deputy added a little dignity to the ceremony as only dignitaries can.
This nonstop rollercoaster propelled into another evening of homegrown and professional entertainment. My memory is now a little haphazard but the "Symbolics were back on top form. Some of our other budding stars were Ann Goulding and Kath Hulm as two cleaning ladies stopping for a fag break and a natter. It used to be everybody's daily ritual setting the world to rights a few years ago. Jacky Boyer took on the role of Pam Ayres with a very funny monologue and then an updated version of " The five bar gate" with ramblings from Mike Tuck, Pete Jenkins, Terry Tubbs, John Dunn and Mervyn Griffiths gave a pensive thought on life in general.
A lovely young singer called Carley Varley entertained us with some of her original songs. She apparently started her career busking in Lymington but with such a mesmerising voice she was destined for bigger things. Our star turn of the evening was the hypnotist David Regan. The usual investigatory preliminaries soon had his four victims on the stage. I make a determined effort to avoid their guile and wily ways as I am extremely susceptible to their suggestions. Having successfully avoided my initiation it was fascinating to see him step behind each one, appear to slit their throats and gently lay them down to enjoy a deep sleep. They then became stars in their own right as they obeyed his every command, Funny but a little freaky.
Sunday had us all gathered together again in expectation of securing one of the prizes on offer in the mega raffle. To make it a little more intriguing it was done on the lines of tombola rather than having first pickings and leaving the less attractive spoils. Next to follow was the uplifting sound from the Ringwood Salvation Army getting their rocks off. They certainly knew how to draw a crowd and we were all soon clapping and tapping our feet. These villagers love to rumble and as well as Morris dancing we now know Mike's other passion. The Minister, Tony Green, added a little formality with a simple service given in his own unique and amusing way. The afternoon brought us the flavour of a traditional English garden party. We were all treated to a cream tea accompanied by the sound of Claire Manners with her saxophone.
Everyone was gathered for the grand finale of this auspicious celebration. No one taking things to chance as having suffered the past evenings they arrived clutching blankets, duvets and warm clothing. After such warm days it was a shock to feel the temperature plummet under the clear skies. Nobody wanted to miss a singsong from yesteryear with the “The Land Girls". It struck a chord with everyone as they burst into song and waved Union Jacks or anything else that came to hand. These two young girls had the genes of Vera Lynne as they wound up the tempo akin to a seniors rave.
In direct contrast the final act of the evening "The Talking Bird Collective" flown over from Wales gave us music from a more recent era. These fresh faced embryos were extremely talented musicians and had many skidding around the grass performing their dance moves.
Sadly, all good things have to end and on Monday morning as we gathered in the marquee for our closing ceremony it was time to reflect and think of all those that had given their time and effort voluntarily to have made this wonderful event such a great success. A big thank you from ourselves and on behalf of those that attended for making this rally so enjoyable and memorable for all of us.
Tony and Val Rigler
"Bridget and I attended the 35+1 rally this weekend and we would like to say thank you to you and your team for putting on an excellent rally, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves especially after the last eighteen months we have suffered of restricted movement etc.
The entertainment was very good, funnily enough we saw the hypnotist on a cruise a few years ago it was the "I believe in fairies" that reminded us that we had seen him before. The Land Girls were superb, got everyone in the mood with some old favourite songs. All in all an excellent event, well done to all involved.
I know what hard work goes into planning, laying out the field, getting marquees and entertainers, food outlets and generally running this type of event, having been involved in this type of event when I was on Centre Committee
Please pass on our thanks to your Chairman and Committee for a wonderful event.
We thoroughly enjoyed it. Best regards"
Clem & Bridget Fallows
West Hampshire Centre
Monkton Wyld, Charmouth - August/September 2020
A welcome return to this lovely Commercial site at Monkton Wyld, Charmouth on the Dorset/Devon border. We were located in the very large rally field with almost 50 units on site. A first chance to go rallying again for many of us, after many weeks of lock-down during the Covid pandemic.
This is a great site with very spacious pitches and award winning facilities and Electric Hook-up for many.
We took advantage of the wood-fired pizzas cooked on site from the back of a very ingenious mobile wagon. On other nights they had the Fish & Chip van in attendance and even a Pie night.
The Hunter' Lodge pub served us a good meal in their lovely conservatory restaurant overlooking the gardens.
Many people ventured out the the surrounding towns of Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Axminster and Beer.
A good time was had by all and we received many thanks from those attending.
The New Year Rally 2019/2020
This rally took place at the St Leonards Hotel just West of Ringwood on the A31.
This was our second New Year visit to this venue and we again parked the units on grass, around the back of the hotel.
On the Monday evening we boarded the good ship "Jolly Roger" dressed as pirates under the leadership of "Captain Mad Mike"
After the buffet there followed an evening of fun & games, with only a few scurvy naves being made to walk the plank.
On New Year's Eve we accurately predicted that the country would be leaving the European Union and we celebrated Boris's victory with a red, white and blue theme and danced the night away to Rod & Debbie's disco.
French Rally at Benodet 2019
We stayed at "Camping du Letty near Benodet in the Southern Brittany region of France.
This was another very memorable rally on a great site next to the sea.
We were there just before the school holidays so it was very quiet and peaceful but very hot. The indoor and outdoor swimming pools were well used and the shop was also very well patronised with it's on-site baked goods available fresh every day.
Our experienced rally officers, Anne & Arthur organised several trips out, including several by boat. We organised lift sharing for those with motorhomes and other days we rode our bikes and explored the local back roads. In the evenings we entertained ourselves with a Chinese Auction, Cheese & Wine and many other get togethers, including the ongoing Boules Competition.